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  • I am only here for connections!
    Growing a community outside my locale is something I love doing!
    CANUND gave me that!
    I am only here for connections! Growing a community outside my locale is something I love doing! CANUND gave me that!
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  • Poverty in America a Literal 'Death Sentence,' Says Sanders, Following Devastating GAO Report
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/09/poverty-america-literal-death-sentence-says-sanders-following-devastating-gao-report
    Jake Johnson, staff writer

    A comprehensive Government Accountability Office study commissioned by Sen. Bernie Sanders and published Monday found that low-income Americans have significantly shorter lives than the rich, leading the Vermont senator to declare that poverty in the world's wealthiest nation is a "death sentence."

    "Poverty is a life-threatening issue for millions of people in this country, and this report confirms it," Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said in a statement. "We are in a crisis never before seen in a rich, industrialized democracy."

    To determine the relationship between wealth—or lack thereof—and life expectancy, the GAO examined a representative sample of Americans born from 1931 through 1941, making them between 51 and 61 years of age in 1992.

    "The same individuals have been re-interviewed every two years since, provided they continued to participate in the survey, and the most recent complete data is from 2014, when those who were still alive were 73 to 83 years old," according to the GAO.

    The agency found that just 48 percent of those in the bottom 20 percent of the wealth distribution were still alive in 2014. By contrast, over 75 percent of those in the wealthiest 20 percent were still alive, indicating that—in the words of the GAO—"income and wealth each have strong associations with longevity."

    "For three straight years, overall life expectancy in the wealthiest nation in world history has been declining, often driven by deaths of desperation and despair: liver disease, drug overdoses, and suicide," Sanders noted.

    The Vermont senator stressed that only immediate and transformative action will be enough to close the growing and deadly gap between the rich and poor.

    According to the GAO, the average wealth of the richest 20 percent of older U.S. households more than doubled between 1989 and 2016. Meanwhile, between 1989 and 2013, the average wealth of older households in the bottom 20 percent fell from $4,500 to negative $4,300.

    "We must put an end to the obscene income and wealth inequality in our country, and ensure living wages, quality healthcare, and retirement security for our seniors as human rights," sand Sanders. "If we do not urgently act to solve the economic distress of millions of Americans, a whole generation will be condemned to early death."
    Poverty in America a Literal 'Death Sentence,' Says Sanders, Following Devastating GAO Report https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/09/poverty-america-literal-death-sentence-says-sanders-following-devastating-gao-report Jake Johnson, staff writer A comprehensive Government Accountability Office study commissioned by Sen. Bernie Sanders and published Monday found that low-income Americans have significantly shorter lives than the rich, leading the Vermont senator to declare that poverty in the world's wealthiest nation is a "death sentence." "Poverty is a life-threatening issue for millions of people in this country, and this report confirms it," Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said in a statement. "We are in a crisis never before seen in a rich, industrialized democracy." To determine the relationship between wealth—or lack thereof—and life expectancy, the GAO examined a representative sample of Americans born from 1931 through 1941, making them between 51 and 61 years of age in 1992. "The same individuals have been re-interviewed every two years since, provided they continued to participate in the survey, and the most recent complete data is from 2014, when those who were still alive were 73 to 83 years old," according to the GAO. The agency found that just 48 percent of those in the bottom 20 percent of the wealth distribution were still alive in 2014. By contrast, over 75 percent of those in the wealthiest 20 percent were still alive, indicating that—in the words of the GAO—"income and wealth each have strong associations with longevity." "For three straight years, overall life expectancy in the wealthiest nation in world history has been declining, often driven by deaths of desperation and despair: liver disease, drug overdoses, and suicide," Sanders noted. The Vermont senator stressed that only immediate and transformative action will be enough to close the growing and deadly gap between the rich and poor. According to the GAO, the average wealth of the richest 20 percent of older U.S. households more than doubled between 1989 and 2016. Meanwhile, between 1989 and 2013, the average wealth of older households in the bottom 20 percent fell from $4,500 to negative $4,300. "We must put an end to the obscene income and wealth inequality in our country, and ensure living wages, quality healthcare, and retirement security for our seniors as human rights," sand Sanders. "If we do not urgently act to solve the economic distress of millions of Americans, a whole generation will be condemned to early death."
    Poverty in America a Literal 'Death Sentence,' Says Sanders, Following Devastating GAO Report
    "If we do not urgently act to solve the economic distress of millions of Americans, a whole generation will be condemned to early death."
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    We are looking for investors at Canund Social Network. We are growing fast as we have accumulated 15,000 members in our first 9 months If you want to invest in a fast growing social network you can contact me here or at bryancanundsocialnetwork@gmail.com We have a business plan for investors readily available! https://advertising.canund.com/product/sold/
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  • How Media Wrongly Portrays Opioid Addiction - 68,000 Dead Last Year.
    For the most part, Nancy B. is just a regular person.

    She’s 29. She lives on Staten Island.
    She has a boyfriend, a child and a job.
    She’s also a former drug user in recovery who has administered naloxone (sold under the brand name Narcan), a medication that reverses opioid overdose, “quite a few times.”

    “It saves lives,” she told Observer.

    “Anything I can do to make sure that’s a known fact, and make it available to everyone, I will do.”

    Nancy isn’t alone in her desire to see naloxone made more prevalent. In New York and other cities across the country, there are programs in place to make sure regular, everyday citizens have access to naloxone.

    Not only could you attend one of the free certification trainings or go to a pharmacy and start carrying the life-saving medication, but a growing number of people, like Nancy and some community organizers and leaders, argue you should.

    Whether you’re close to someone who uses drugs or not, you could administer naloxone, too, and as rates of fatal overdoses rise, you might be closer to someone at risk than you realize.

    In fact, you could be at risk yourself:

    Fentanyl, an opioid 30 to 50 times more powerful than heroin, has been found in cocaine and other non-opioid street drugs in New York City, which means even occasional users who choose club drugs over pills or heroin could still experience an opiate overdose.
    #OpioidsKill #Fentanyl50XWorseThanHeroin #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TYTNetwork #LindseyEllefson
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    The Damage Report 9/7/19
    How Media Wrongly Portrays Opioid Addiction - 68,000 Dead Last Year. For the most part, Nancy B. is just a regular person. She’s 29. She lives on Staten Island. She has a boyfriend, a child and a job. She’s also a former drug user in recovery who has administered naloxone (sold under the brand name Narcan), a medication that reverses opioid overdose, “quite a few times.” “It saves lives,” she told Observer. “Anything I can do to make sure that’s a known fact, and make it available to everyone, I will do.” Nancy isn’t alone in her desire to see naloxone made more prevalent. In New York and other cities across the country, there are programs in place to make sure regular, everyday citizens have access to naloxone. Not only could you attend one of the free certification trainings or go to a pharmacy and start carrying the life-saving medication, but a growing number of people, like Nancy and some community organizers and leaders, argue you should. Whether you’re close to someone who uses drugs or not, you could administer naloxone, too, and as rates of fatal overdoses rise, you might be closer to someone at risk than you realize. In fact, you could be at risk yourself: Fentanyl, an opioid 30 to 50 times more powerful than heroin, has been found in cocaine and other non-opioid street drugs in New York City, which means even occasional users who choose club drugs over pills or heroin could still experience an opiate overdose. #OpioidsKill #Fentanyl50XWorseThanHeroin #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TYTNetwork #LindseyEllefson https://youtu.be/QUWG-16RrB0 The Damage Report 9/7/19
    How Media Wrongly Portrays Opioid Addiction
    US media wrongly portrays opioid addiction. John Iadarola and Lindsey Ellefson break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: http...
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  • Paradise
    "Let Paradise, California, be the wakeup call for our entire nation.
    We need a Green New Deal to address the climate crisis.

    Paradise-Is Down A Two-Lane Blacktop
    Narrative Poem By R Andrew Ohge
    As we close in on the 2020 American Political Race-this poem rings more true than it did in 2002 when I first wrote it. If we aren't ready to do what needs to be done to get this for ourselves and children, perhaps we deserve to be serfs in the oligarchy we'll get instead.
    [The Way 'Paradise ' SHOULD Be?]

    First, we were drawn by the land,
    enticed by the promise of freedom…
    fresh faces in new places, where
    we built our farms, our stores, mills
    smithies, with our own dreams
    and our own Hands, paying our way
    with the sweat of our brows,
    leaving our bones and legacies
    as our testimony to those
    who would follow.

    Then, great factories replaced
    the smithies, concrete towers
    supplanted the wheel mills, and
    we were drawn from the land
    to the growing cities for what we
    believed were better dreams,
    brighter futures,…"the good life."

    The farms we left were swallowed
    by corporations, the family
    store was neglected by the lure
    and flash of the corporate chains.

    We were the great middle class,
    living a vision, that for most of us,
    never truly existed, leaving
    nothing, but broken dreams
    as our legacy.

    Times and paradigms pass.
    Some of our small towns just died,
    some were swallowed by the
    circling cities, others are
    barely hanging on, yet,
    here and there, new pioneers
    are returning, bring their
    fresh faces to the old places,
    rediscovering the old ways and
    creating new ones, as America
    finds her roots again.

    Hollywood, Broadway, & Prime Time
    doesn't show our true image.

    Our story isn't on CNN or in USA Today.

    We've journeyed back, off the
    Interstate, rebuilding the
    Courthouse square, starting farms,
    building houses, stores, and families,
    infusing our enterprises with
    faith, truth, love, patriotism, and a
    determination to not allow our
    unique visions or our new freedom
    to ever be swallowed by mere
    sound-bites, glamour, glitz,
    or pulp fiction.

    The America and World
    we must become is the one
    we always knew in our hearts.

    We had only to remember that
    Paradise is down a
    two-lane blacktop,
    where the tree of
    wisdom waits for all
    who prefer revelation
    over information.

    The super highways
    and bypasses, the
    jets, planes, buses,
    and trains can only take you
    by the "American Dream".

    The turn down that two-lane
    is a calculated decision
    to arrive there, a journey
    you take, only if you're
    hungry for a new vision,
    if you're ready to put down
    some new roots, and make
    your own legacy with
    your own hands and the
    sweat of your own brow.

    If you've caught
    that pioneer spirit,
    then here's the place
    to draw close to the tap
    roots of the "American Dream",
    where the juices flow
    strong and rich, near the power,
    right at the source.

    You have truly arrived,
    friend, for you've
    come to a powerful
    place to begin anew,
    where you can find purpose,
    change the landscape, acquire
    wisdom and real estate, create
    your own legacy, where your
    accomplishments and children
    earn respect and receive honor,
    where your babies and bones
    are attended with reverent
    tender care by real peacemakers.

    Oh yes...if you destroy,
    mar, steal, or harm
    those and that which
    is in their care,
    you'll have a fight
    on your hands, the like
    you'll not soon forget.

    No, real peacemakers are
    the architects, the restorers,
    the creators and shapers,the
    healers, the comforters and
    nurturers, the sowers and
    caretakers of paradise.

    They are recreating and
    shaping their future and
    shall be counted blessed.

    No need for a plane, bus,
    or a train to come.

    We're waiting at the
    gates of paradise at the
    end of any two-lane blacktop,
    beckoning, as Lady Liberty
    has for over a century,
    "Send us Your tired, your
    poor, your downtrodden,
    struggling to be free…"

    We'll be waiting.
    https://youtu.be/sYIoYgvuNe4
    Bernie Sanders 9/7/19-Narrative By R Ohge 2002
    Paradise "Let Paradise, California, be the wakeup call for our entire nation. We need a Green New Deal to address the climate crisis. Paradise-Is Down A Two-Lane Blacktop Narrative Poem By R Andrew Ohge As we close in on the 2020 American Political Race-this poem rings more true than it did in 2002 when I first wrote it. If we aren't ready to do what needs to be done to get this for ourselves and children, perhaps we deserve to be serfs in the oligarchy we'll get instead. [The Way 'Paradise ' SHOULD Be?] First, we were drawn by the land, enticed by the promise of freedom… fresh faces in new places, where we built our farms, our stores, mills smithies, with our own dreams and our own Hands, paying our way with the sweat of our brows, leaving our bones and legacies as our testimony to those who would follow. Then, great factories replaced the smithies, concrete towers supplanted the wheel mills, and we were drawn from the land to the growing cities for what we believed were better dreams, brighter futures,…"the good life." The farms we left were swallowed by corporations, the family store was neglected by the lure and flash of the corporate chains. We were the great middle class, living a vision, that for most of us, never truly existed, leaving nothing, but broken dreams as our legacy. Times and paradigms pass. Some of our small towns just died, some were swallowed by the circling cities, others are barely hanging on, yet, here and there, new pioneers are returning, bring their fresh faces to the old places, rediscovering the old ways and creating new ones, as America finds her roots again. Hollywood, Broadway, & Prime Time doesn't show our true image. Our story isn't on CNN or in USA Today. We've journeyed back, off the Interstate, rebuilding the Courthouse square, starting farms, building houses, stores, and families, infusing our enterprises with faith, truth, love, patriotism, and a determination to not allow our unique visions or our new freedom to ever be swallowed by mere sound-bites, glamour, glitz, or pulp fiction. The America and World we must become is the one we always knew in our hearts. We had only to remember that Paradise is down a two-lane blacktop, where the tree of wisdom waits for all who prefer revelation over information. The super highways and bypasses, the jets, planes, buses, and trains can only take you by the "American Dream". The turn down that two-lane is a calculated decision to arrive there, a journey you take, only if you're hungry for a new vision, if you're ready to put down some new roots, and make your own legacy with your own hands and the sweat of your own brow. If you've caught that pioneer spirit, then here's the place to draw close to the tap roots of the "American Dream", where the juices flow strong and rich, near the power, right at the source. You have truly arrived, friend, for you've come to a powerful place to begin anew, where you can find purpose, change the landscape, acquire wisdom and real estate, create your own legacy, where your accomplishments and children earn respect and receive honor, where your babies and bones are attended with reverent tender care by real peacemakers. Oh yes...if you destroy, mar, steal, or harm those and that which is in their care, you'll have a fight on your hands, the like you'll not soon forget. No, real peacemakers are the architects, the restorers, the creators and shapers,the healers, the comforters and nurturers, the sowers and caretakers of paradise. They are recreating and shaping their future and shall be counted blessed. No need for a plane, bus, or a train to come. We're waiting at the gates of paradise at the end of any two-lane blacktop, beckoning, as Lady Liberty has for over a century, "Send us Your tired, your poor, your downtrodden, struggling to be free…" We'll be waiting. https://youtu.be/sYIoYgvuNe4 Bernie Sanders 9/7/19-Narrative By R Ohge 2002
    Paradise
    "Let Paradise, California, be the wakeup call for our entire nation. We need a Green New Deal to address the climate crisis.
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  • Just Ahead of Labor Day, Trump Floats Tax Cut Condemned as 'Pure Giveaway to Wealthy' [Speaking Of Things Creating A TOXIC ENVIRONMENT...AHEM!]
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/30/just-ahead-labor-day-trump-floats-tax-cut-condemned-pure-giveaway-wealthy
    Jake Johnson, staff writer

    With Labor Day less than 72 hours away, President Donald Trump on Friday floated the possibility of handing wealthy investors yet another tax cut—this time by executive fiat—as the wages of most American workers remain stagnant.

    On Twitter, Trump promoted an op-ed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist urging the president to index capital gains to inflation, a move analysts say would primarily benefit the richest Americans.

    "An idea liked by many?" Trump tweeted, linking to Cruz and Norquist's article in Real Clear Markets.

    Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump
    An idea liked by many? https://twitter.com/steveforbesceo/status/1167135580372774912

    Steve Forbes ✔ @SteveForbesCEO
    To keep the economy growing, index capital gains. @tedcruz @GroverNorquist https://bit.ly/2NKmJ3s
    7:11 AM - Aug 30, 2019

    The tweet comes just days after Trump told reporters he is worried about being viewed as "elitist" and seemed to suggest he was no longer considering bypassing Congress to index capital gains to inflation, a move analysts and lawmakers say would be illegal.

    As the Washington Post reported Friday, citing an anonymous senior administration official, Trump is considering unilaterally indexing capital gains despite the concerns he has expressed in public.

    According to the Post:

    The White House is still considering a plan to bypass Congress to enact a tax cut on capital gains, according to a senior administration official, although President Trump appeared to rule the idea out last week and expressed concern it could be perceived as "elitist"...

    The capital gains tax cut would let investors who are selling assets, like a stock or a home, use the inflation-adjusted value of their initial purchase when making the sale. The higher initial price would reduce the taxable income from their sale of the asset, reducing the amount they pay in taxes.

    In an analysis last year, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimated that 86 percent of the benefits of indexing capital gains to inflation would go to the top one percent.

    "The move would be a pure giveaway to wealthy investors," tweeted Slate's Jordan Weissmann.

    Judd Legum, author of the Popular Information newsletter, echoed Weissmann, saying, "Apart from just sending millionaires checks, it's hard to think of a tax cut more targeted to the ultra-rich."

    "Trump's political strategy," Legum added, "is to bad mouth 'coastal elites' and then give the coastal elites all the money."
    Just Ahead of Labor Day, Trump Floats Tax Cut Condemned as 'Pure Giveaway to Wealthy' [Speaking Of Things Creating A TOXIC ENVIRONMENT...AHEM!] https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/30/just-ahead-labor-day-trump-floats-tax-cut-condemned-pure-giveaway-wealthy Jake Johnson, staff writer With Labor Day less than 72 hours away, President Donald Trump on Friday floated the possibility of handing wealthy investors yet another tax cut—this time by executive fiat—as the wages of most American workers remain stagnant. On Twitter, Trump promoted an op-ed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist urging the president to index capital gains to inflation, a move analysts say would primarily benefit the richest Americans. "An idea liked by many?" Trump tweeted, linking to Cruz and Norquist's article in Real Clear Markets. Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump An idea liked by many? https://twitter.com/steveforbesceo/status/1167135580372774912 … Steve Forbes ✔ @SteveForbesCEO To keep the economy growing, index capital gains. @tedcruz @GroverNorquist https://bit.ly/2NKmJ3s 7:11 AM - Aug 30, 2019 The tweet comes just days after Trump told reporters he is worried about being viewed as "elitist" and seemed to suggest he was no longer considering bypassing Congress to index capital gains to inflation, a move analysts and lawmakers say would be illegal. As the Washington Post reported Friday, citing an anonymous senior administration official, Trump is considering unilaterally indexing capital gains despite the concerns he has expressed in public. According to the Post: The White House is still considering a plan to bypass Congress to enact a tax cut on capital gains, according to a senior administration official, although President Trump appeared to rule the idea out last week and expressed concern it could be perceived as "elitist"... The capital gains tax cut would let investors who are selling assets, like a stock or a home, use the inflation-adjusted value of their initial purchase when making the sale. The higher initial price would reduce the taxable income from their sale of the asset, reducing the amount they pay in taxes. In an analysis last year, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimated that 86 percent of the benefits of indexing capital gains to inflation would go to the top one percent. "The move would be a pure giveaway to wealthy investors," tweeted Slate's Jordan Weissmann. Judd Legum, author of the Popular Information newsletter, echoed Weissmann, saying, "Apart from just sending millionaires checks, it's hard to think of a tax cut more targeted to the ultra-rich." "Trump's political strategy," Legum added, "is to bad mouth 'coastal elites' and then give the coastal elites all the money."
    Just Ahead of Labor Day, Trump Floats Tax Cut Condemned as 'Pure Giveaway to Wealthy'
    "Apart from just sending millionaires checks, it's hard to think of a tax cut more targeted to the ultra-rich."
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  • Tipping Point: UN Biodiversity Chief Warns Burning of Amazon Could Lead to 'Cascading Collapse of Natural Systems'
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/30/tipping-point-un-biodiversity-chief-warns-burning-amazon-could-lead-cascading
    Julia Conley, staff writer

    Unless world governments, consumers, and businesses all work together to address the root causes of the current burning of the Amazon rain forest, the Arctic, and forests in the Congo and Angola, the planet will continue careening toward a point of no return, the U.N.'s top biodiversity expert said Friday.

    Cristiana Paşca Palmer, executive secretary of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity, called the fires that have torn through more than 1,300 square miles of the Amazon this year "extraordinarily concerning."

    "But it is not just the Amazon," she told The Guardian. "We're also concerned with what's happening in other forests and ecosystems, and with the broader and rapid degradation of nature."

    The Amazon fires themselves are a sign, Paşca Palmer said, that "we are moving towards the tipping points that scientists talk about that could produce cascading collapses of natural systems."

    Green groups have largely blamed Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for the fires, pointing to his encouragement of what one indigenous leader called "predatory behavior" of loggers, ranchers, and miners who want to clear forests for their industrial use.

    World governments and philanthropists have offered tens of millions of dollars to help save the rain forest, often called the "lungs of the Earth" because of the amount of oxygen its trees produce, but Paşca Palmer emphasized that a paradigm shift is needed in how the world approaches biodiversity and ecosystems.

    "We need to address the root causes," Paşca Palmer said. "Even if the amount involved in extinguishing fires in rainforests was a billion or 500 million dollars, we won't see an improvement unless more profound structural changes are taking place. We need a transformation in the way we consume and produce."

    Helping to protect the world's pollinators by ending the use of harmful pesticides, cutting fossil fuel emissions to net zero by 2030 to avoid a catastrophic warming of the planet by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and ending habitat destruction through deforestation and other human activities, are all necessary to maintain the Earth's biodiversity, the U.N. panel led by Paşca Palmer says.

    Paşca Palmer pointed to robust biodiversity programs in Costa Rica and Colombia as models for the rest of the world when they meet for an upcoming biodiversity summit in Kunming, China next year.

    Costa Rica's government has offered payments to landowners for preserving forests and planting trees, while Colombia has nearly doubled its federally protected lands in recent years.

    "I hope this will have a snowball effect," said Paşca Palmer. "It's a growing movement. I feel that now the heads of state are embracing this, we have a good signal."

    On social media, Extinction Rebellion Ireland expressed support for Paşca Palmer's message, writing, "If we don't work together, we are going to die together."

    Extinction Rebellion Ireland @ExtinctRebelsIE
    If we don't work together, we are going to die together.

    UN’s top biodiversity body says we are moving towards the tipping points that will produce the collapse of our natural systems.

    Join the rebellion now: http://www.extinctionrebellionireland.com https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/30/amazon-fires-biodiversity-united-nations

    Amazon fires 'extraordinarily concerning', warns UN biodiversity chief
    Biodiversity chief calls for countries to unite to halt rapid degradation of nature

    theguardian.com
    8:04 AM - Aug 30, 2019

    Climate campaigner Tony Juniper called the U.N. official's comments "a timely reminder that nature underpins the human world."

    Tony Juniper ✔ @TonyJuniper
    A timely reminder that Nature underpins the human world & that we are approaching a ‘point of no return’. It is vital to embed ecological recovery at the heart of our economic system, a reality that must be reflected in actual policy & spending decisions https://bit.ly/30M1Qc7

    Amazon fires 'extraordinarily concerning', warns UN biodiversity chief
    Biodiversity chief calls for countries to unite to halt rapid degradation of nature

    theguardian.com
    8:49 AM - Aug 30, 2019 · Cambridge, England

    "It is vital to embed ecological recovery at the heart of our economic system," wrote Juniper, "a reality that must be reflected in actual policy and spending decisions."
    Tipping Point: UN Biodiversity Chief Warns Burning of Amazon Could Lead to 'Cascading Collapse of Natural Systems' https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/30/tipping-point-un-biodiversity-chief-warns-burning-amazon-could-lead-cascading Julia Conley, staff writer Unless world governments, consumers, and businesses all work together to address the root causes of the current burning of the Amazon rain forest, the Arctic, and forests in the Congo and Angola, the planet will continue careening toward a point of no return, the U.N.'s top biodiversity expert said Friday. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, executive secretary of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity, called the fires that have torn through more than 1,300 square miles of the Amazon this year "extraordinarily concerning." "But it is not just the Amazon," she told The Guardian. "We're also concerned with what's happening in other forests and ecosystems, and with the broader and rapid degradation of nature." The Amazon fires themselves are a sign, Paşca Palmer said, that "we are moving towards the tipping points that scientists talk about that could produce cascading collapses of natural systems." Green groups have largely blamed Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for the fires, pointing to his encouragement of what one indigenous leader called "predatory behavior" of loggers, ranchers, and miners who want to clear forests for their industrial use. World governments and philanthropists have offered tens of millions of dollars to help save the rain forest, often called the "lungs of the Earth" because of the amount of oxygen its trees produce, but Paşca Palmer emphasized that a paradigm shift is needed in how the world approaches biodiversity and ecosystems. "We need to address the root causes," Paşca Palmer said. "Even if the amount involved in extinguishing fires in rainforests was a billion or 500 million dollars, we won't see an improvement unless more profound structural changes are taking place. We need a transformation in the way we consume and produce." Helping to protect the world's pollinators by ending the use of harmful pesticides, cutting fossil fuel emissions to net zero by 2030 to avoid a catastrophic warming of the planet by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and ending habitat destruction through deforestation and other human activities, are all necessary to maintain the Earth's biodiversity, the U.N. panel led by Paşca Palmer says. Paşca Palmer pointed to robust biodiversity programs in Costa Rica and Colombia as models for the rest of the world when they meet for an upcoming biodiversity summit in Kunming, China next year. Costa Rica's government has offered payments to landowners for preserving forests and planting trees, while Colombia has nearly doubled its federally protected lands in recent years. "I hope this will have a snowball effect," said Paşca Palmer. "It's a growing movement. I feel that now the heads of state are embracing this, we have a good signal." On social media, Extinction Rebellion Ireland expressed support for Paşca Palmer's message, writing, "If we don't work together, we are going to die together." Extinction Rebellion Ireland @ExtinctRebelsIE If we don't work together, we are going to die together. UN’s top biodiversity body says we are moving towards the tipping points that will produce the collapse of our natural systems. Join the rebellion now: http://www.extinctionrebellionireland.com https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/30/amazon-fires-biodiversity-united-nations … Amazon fires 'extraordinarily concerning', warns UN biodiversity chief Biodiversity chief calls for countries to unite to halt rapid degradation of nature theguardian.com 8:04 AM - Aug 30, 2019 Climate campaigner Tony Juniper called the U.N. official's comments "a timely reminder that nature underpins the human world." Tony Juniper ✔ @TonyJuniper A timely reminder that Nature underpins the human world & that we are approaching a ‘point of no return’. It is vital to embed ecological recovery at the heart of our economic system, a reality that must be reflected in actual policy & spending decisions https://bit.ly/30M1Qc7 Amazon fires 'extraordinarily concerning', warns UN biodiversity chief Biodiversity chief calls for countries to unite to halt rapid degradation of nature theguardian.com 8:49 AM - Aug 30, 2019 · Cambridge, England "It is vital to embed ecological recovery at the heart of our economic system," wrote Juniper, "a reality that must be reflected in actual policy and spending decisions."
    Tipping Point: UN Biodiversity Chief Warns Burning of Amazon Could Lead to 'Cascading Collapse of Natural Systems'
    "If we don't work together, we are going to die together."
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  • Another Trump Official Quits And Warns Of Looming Mass Exodus Of Staffers
    An 11-year veteran at the State Department announced in a recent op-ed that she has had enough of Trump’s behavior and can no longer serve the federal government with him in charge. She went on to warn that she isn’t the only one who feels this way, and that there could easily be a mass exodus of experienced government officials leaving rather than serving under Trump.

    Bethany Milton spent 11 years working for the U.S. federal government as a consular officer in the Foreign Service. But in an op-ed for the New York Times, Milton explains that this summer, she finally decided to leave the State Department — and the straw that broke the camel’s back was hearing supporters of President Donald Trump chanting, “Send her back, send her back” in reference to Rep. Ilhan Omar during a recent rally.

    “When President Trump’s supporters chanted, ‘Send her back!,’ I took that as a charge for me as well,” Milton asserts. “I asked the Trump Administration to send me back from my overseas posting, shipping home the family, foreign language textbooks and various tchotchkes from ‘shithole countries’ that I’ve collected in my years as a United States diplomat. I am joining a growing list of Foreign Service officers who refuse to serve this administration any longer.”
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    Another Trump Official Quits And Warns Of Looming Mass Exodus Of Staffers An 11-year veteran at the State Department announced in a recent op-ed that she has had enough of Trump’s behavior and can no longer serve the federal government with him in charge. She went on to warn that she isn’t the only one who feels this way, and that there could easily be a mass exodus of experienced government officials leaving rather than serving under Trump. Bethany Milton spent 11 years working for the U.S. federal government as a consular officer in the Foreign Service. But in an op-ed for the New York Times, Milton explains that this summer, she finally decided to leave the State Department — and the straw that broke the camel’s back was hearing supporters of President Donald Trump chanting, “Send her back, send her back” in reference to Rep. Ilhan Omar during a recent rally. “When President Trump’s supporters chanted, ‘Send her back!,’ I took that as a charge for me as well,” Milton asserts. “I asked the Trump Administration to send me back from my overseas posting, shipping home the family, foreign language textbooks and various tchotchkes from ‘shithole countries’ that I’ve collected in my years as a United States diplomat. I am joining a growing list of Foreign Service officers who refuse to serve this administration any longer.” #BethanyMilton #Trumparhea #rof #trofire #theringoffire https://youtu.be/Ae8iqWsoOy8 The Ring Of Fire 9/1/19
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